Category Archives: Language Play

Put the ketchup on ’em


My grandson loves to play “ketchup” when we’re in the car.  This game started as a game of “catch up” in which we would attempt to catch up to or pass the car in front of us (safely of course).  Soon it devolved evolved into “let’s put the ketchup on ’em gramma.” I tried to …

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Celeste: A Review


Celeste is a psychological thriller in novella form by Michelle Devon.  The word thriller definitely applies to this story.  It keeps the reader guessing at every turn and trying to predict the outcome.  Be warned that once you start reading, you will not want to put it down until the end.  Then you might wish it …

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Wednesday Word Play: Palindromes


It’s time for more word play.  Today we look at Palindromes!  Palindromes are, of course, words, phrases, sentences, or numbers that read the same forward as backward. First let’s have a little quiz to see if you can guess a few short word Palindromes: 1.   The Middle of the day — ____________ 2.   A female …

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Word Play: Illiteration


 This one is from Gram.  In the continued spirit of playing with words and all the many things that can go wrong in the English language, I want to share a word from the Urban Dictionary.  A few examples follow the definition.  I hope you enjoy 😀   Illiteration – 1.  The repetition of spelling …

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The right brain/left brain conundrum: Do you hold yourself back?


The following is an excerpt from an article in which Dian Curtis Regan, a prolific writer of children’s and YA material of all kinds, offers some advice to newbies.  The article is “Ask the Author:  Dian Curtis Reagan” by Jon Bard of Children’s Book Insider (check out his newsletter).     The question: “I recently …

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More Word Play: Euphemisms


Today, we’re going to play with words again. eu·phe·mism eu-phe-mism  /ˈyufəˌmɪzəm/ Show Spelled [yoo-fuh-miz-uhm]    noun 1.  the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt. 2.  the expression so substituted: “To pass away” is a euphemism for “to die.” Euphemisms often hit the funny bone.  It is a …

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The English Language: Gotta love it 3


This one, again, I do not have a clue who wrote it.  It’s up to you whether to read it or not. 😀 You lovers of the English language might enjoy this .. There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is ‘UP.’ It’s easy to …

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The English Language: Gotta Love it 2


This came in the same e-mail (and I’m sure you’ve all seen it at one time or another) but I did find out who wrote it.  Richard Lederer, a man who has used and abused the English language for a living.  He is definitely a man after my own heart, and someone I plan to explore …

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